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The Lords Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Grey Havens

(Updated 3/3/16) The aftermath of “The Scouring Of The Shire” is first, as Frodo frees those imprisoned under the rule of Lotho and Saruman. It’s loose thread tie-up time, as we meet Fatty Bolger, a rebel imprisoned early on. It … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Scouring Of The Shire

(Updated on 2/3/16) A lot has been said about this chapter, which explodes the narrative back into action right before the final moments. The placing of it certainly draws attention. The point of the long drawn out farewells is a … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Homeward Bound

(Updated on 1/3/16) “At last the hobbits had their faces turned towards home” but Frodo is in very obvious pain as we move forward, suffering under a shadow that he is unable to even elaborate on. This manifests itself in physical … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: Many Partings

(Updated on 25/2/16) Frodo goes to see the new royal couple of Gondor, who are just relaxing now, apparently, enjoying all that fulfilment of labours. Aragorn doesn’t even need to hear Frodo talk to know what’s up. It is long … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Steward And The King

(Updated on 24/2/16) Tolkien, having done the same to an extent in the last chapter, decides to split this one up, dividing it between an unexpected love story in the first half and then a joyous homecoming for the King … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Field Of Cormallen

(Updated on 23/2/16) Tolkien switches gears in a major way as this chapter opens. The last battle rages around the slag hills, a moment of grimness. The opening sentences are as poetic as they come: “All about the hills the … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Land Of Shadow

(Updated on 17/2/16) We’re back on a moment of cliffhanger tension, the two hobbits still not free from the clutches of Cirith Ungol. The chapter break between these points is a little odd in my view. The moment when Frodo … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Tower Of Cirith Ungol

(Updated on 16/2/16) Sam is alone in the dark. As he wonders where he is, Tolkien expertly places the reader back in this narrative, identifying with Sam’s feeling of being out of place. The end of “The Choices Of Master … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Black Gate Opens

(Updated on 9/2/16) The “Host of the West” is all set and ready to go, a various mishmash of the Kingdoms and factions we’ve seen so far. Everyone gets a person to ride out in suitably appropriate fashion, right down … Continue reading

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The Lord Of The Rings, Chapter By Chapter: The Last Debate

(Updated on 6/1/16) It’s another very short chapter now, as we start to head towards this Book’s conclusion. But first, we have a few more plot threads to sew up. Even though we could piece together just what happened with Aragorn … Continue reading

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